Films byTexts by Agnès Varda

Agnès Varda (1928-2019) was a Belgian-born French filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. She was close to the nouvelle vague, and she’s known for her films La pointe courte (1955), Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Sans toit ni loi (1985), which won a Golden Lion in Venice, Jacquot de Nantes (1991), Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000), Deux ans après (2002), Les plages d’Agnès (2008) and Visages, villages (2017), among others. Her work was awarded a César d’honneur in 2001, the René Clair Prize of the French Academy in 2002, a Palme d’honneur at the Cannes Festival in 2015, an Academy Honorary Award in 2017 and the Berlinale Kamera at the Berlin Film Festival in 2019.

Agnès Varda, 1962, 90’

Unfolding in almost real time, Cléo de 5 à 7 chronicles two hours in the life of a self-absorbed pop singer as she waits to find out whether or not she has cancer.


« J’aime Cléo de minuit à midi ... »

Agnès Varda, 1963, 30’

A photo montage of Cubans filmed by Agnes Varda during her visit to Cuba in 1963. The film explores Cuban society and culture post-revolution.


Agnès Varda, 1965, 79’

Francois is a young carpenter married with Therese. They have two little children. All goes well, life is beautiful, the sun shines and the birds sing. One day, Francois meets Emilie, they fall in love and become lovers.

Agnès Varda, 1969, 31’

“The Black Panther Party (BPP) embodied this new mixture of cultural and political rebellion. Varda would often travel from Los Angeles to Oakland, filming Black Panther meetings and demonstrations with a 16mm camera borrowed from student activists at the University of California, Berkeley.

Agnès Varda, 1985, 105’

A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death.


Agnès Varda, 1988, 80’

Mary-Jane, a lonely mother in her forties, gets absorbed in a sentimental affair with a 14-year-old boy.


“It’s a film in which all the younger actors are the children of the director and lead actress. It was like a picnic, you know?”

Agnès Varda